My Fictional Bucket List

Hey Bookies! Don’t you ever wish you could meet your favourite fictional characters in real life? Not only meet them but actually get to hang out with them!? Well, me too. So today I would like to share my fictional bucket list with you guys; just some activities I wish I could do with some of my favourite characters from YA literature. Let’s get started! >>>>>

(These are not in any particular order)

Create a book club with Hermione Granger, Tessa Gray and Becca Hatcher

 

Wouldn’t these be the best book club ever? I mean I can’t wait to discuss! 

Go to Comic-Con with Simon Lewis and Ella Wittimer 

 

These two together. I’m a big nerd but I don’t think even I could keep up with them! It would be so much fun though! 

Flying around with Jace Herondale (on a vampire motorcycle) and Superman/Clark Kent 

 

Wow… I can’t even imagine how thrilling this would be (insert heart eyes emoji here). Can this be real!?

A Classical Concert with Jem Carstairs 

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The Infernal Devices is my favourite series and Jem Carstairs is my favourite character in the series. Therefore, it is only fitting that on my fictional bucket list, we get to hang out alone… I think that’s fair xD I think a nice classical concert or opera type thing would be right up his style. Maybe we’d even crash it and Jem could perform for ME ❤

 

Pod Racing with R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Poe Dameron 

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Although it is pretty obvious that Poe would win… I mean he is the “best damn pilot the resistance has ever seen” but it would still be awesome to fly around on pod racers right!?? 

Study magic with Magnus Bane, Sirius Black and Nina Zenik  

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If I took pointers from these amazing magic users I think I could be the greatest of all time. Don’t you think? 

Hack into some top secret files with Kady Grant and Linh Cinder 

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With Cinder’s robotic enhancements and Kady’s brains, we could probably get ourselves into a lot of trouble! This would be some serious girl power besides, they would have a lot of experience running away from any government officials… right?

 

Doing any of these activities would be awesome! I would love to know if you guys have anything on your fictional bucket list. Even if it’s just going out for coffee with someone, I’d love to know! 

Thanks for reading as always and I’ll be back next Thursday!! 

Sincerely,

B ❤

 

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Childhood Favourite Books

I have been a pretty avid reader since I was very young and I thought now was as good a time as ever to share with you some of my favourite books growing up. There are some stories not mentioned that I did thoroughly enjoy as a child; Matilda, Paddington, Corduroy etc. However, I didn’t really read the stories but instead watched the shows/movies associated with them, so, I cant count it. 

I have included a list of books/authors I really loved to read between the ages of 5/6 – 12 years old. Hope this list brings you some nostalgia.

Magic Treehouse Series – Mary Pope Osborne

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This series follows two kids and their adventures. They had a magic treehouse that would transport them to different places around the world at different time periods. I learned a lot about animals and history in these short chapter books. After reading these, I always wished I had my own treehouse. 

Dr. Seuss 

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Dr. Seuss was such a classic and it is still revered today! The stories are unique and always had me giggling as a child. I loved the rhyming sequences and I would always end up having it stuck in my head. especially One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.  

Robert Munsch 

Robert Munsch.png Ah, Robert Munsch was a classroom favourite. I remember the teacher would have the class pick a book for us to read that day and everyone always wanted a Robert Munsch book. His stuff is funny and silly and perfect for a young child. 

Eric Walters 

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Eric Walters was one of my favourite authors between the ages of 10 – 12. His books are engaging and interesting but also different. He wrote all sorts of genres, from true stories to fictional ones and the best part is that he’s Canadian so he came to my elementary school to talk to us about his books once. That was probably my first time getting a book signed. 

 

Goosebumps – R.L. Stine 

Goosebumps.jpgR.L. Stine is the perfect combination of scary and fun. While his stories are scary, they are geared towards children and since I was never really the type to get scared or have nightmares, I swallowed all these books. As I got older I started reading his Fear Street collection which is written more for teenagers. 

Junie B. Jones  – Barbara Park 

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Oh my goodness. These books were soo funny! I read them probably between the ages of 7 and 9 but I absolutely loved them! While there are some minor swearing; ex., stupid, they are so much fun. Junie B. Jones is a troublemaker type character who has a smartass attitude and a wild card personality. She does what she wants and that usually lands her in some sticky situations.

 

Airborn Series – Kenneth Oppel

airborn series.jpg I’ll admit that I got into Kenneth Oppel really late in elementary school. I was looking for something after having read almost every single book by Eric Walters and my librarian recommended me this. Airborn is a thrilling ride that I would suggest for an advanced young reader or for an older child. I think I read this when I was 12 or 13. And these new covers are GORGEOUS am I right!? 

That’s all I have for today. I would love to know what your favourite books as a child were and let me know if we share any ones in common. 

Sincerely, 

B ❤

My Favourite Love Stories!

That day is fast approaching. Dreadful for some, and exciting for others. Whether you hate the day with the passion or you can’t wait to share it with your special someone; here are some books to get you in the lovey-dovey mood. Valentine’s day is one meant to be spent with the ones you love, but since it is generally geared towards a romantic love story, that is what my list will consist of. 

So, let’s begin! 

anna and the french kiss Anna and the French Kiss is such a cute love story about a girl who moves to France because of her dad’s success. At her new school, she forms new friends and falls in love with Étienne, a boy who already has a girlfriend. Their relationship is super adorable and such a fun and easy read. The other stories in the series are equally cute and follow secondary characters. They ultimately all come together at the end. 

saint anything Saint Anything is Sarah Dessen’s twelveth release and it doesn’t disappoint. It is told in the point of view of Sydney, a teenage girl whose brother Peyton, whom she had always looked up to, is now in jail for a DUI. While her entire family is doing their best to protect Peyton, Sydney is more concerned about the victim and his family. When she finds solace in a boy and his crazy family, she learns a few things about the night of the accident and about herself. 

safe haven Nicholas Sparks does it again doesn’t he? Safe haven is a beautiful story about second chances and new beginnings. It definitely contains some heavy content; death, abuse, stalking and trauma. I love how effortlessly Sparks is able to make me attached to these fictional people. You will be rooting for these two from the very start. Keep in mind that Sparks write new adult fiction and not young adult, this doesn’t change the fact that it is a beautiful story, especially for Valentine’s Day. 

by your side

This should be on everyone’s TBR. We’ve got great characters and character development, a cute romance, mental health issues, and they’re trapped in a LIBRARY. When two teenagers get trapped in their city’s library over the entire weekend, they start to open up to one another and realize they’re a lot more alike than they first thought. This is my favourite Kasie West novel and what I especially love is that it’s super easy to get through. You fall in love with these characters and get totally immersed in their situations.

Geekerella I think I’ve recommended this book a million times already but maybe if I keep at it, everyone will read it! Geekerella is a modern day retelling of Cinderella and it works surprisingly well. It is an accurate tale of how technology affects the way we meet and communicate with people. The best part is that the main character is a total fangirl! This book is so relatable and what’s great about it is that it is told from both the girl’s and the boy’s point of view!

nowhere but here I had never read a Katie McGarry book before this one so I really didn’t know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! it follows a girl and her dealing with her separated parents. she goes to stay with her dad for the summer and he’s basically the leader of a “gang” like community; although the term gang is somewhat offensive. There she forms new relationships and begins viewing these new people as family, however, there’s a secret that no one is willing to tell her. 

And that’s all I have! I hope these love stories get you guys in the mood for Valentine’s Day and whether you’re single, dating or in a relationship, make the most of the day.

Sincerely,

B ❤

Recommendations Based on Your Hogwarts House!

I think it’s fair to assume that everyone knows about Harry Potter by now. I mean seriously, it’s 2018 already! Even if you have never read the books (which you should), you’ve probably still heard about the Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin and maybe even taken the Pottermore test to find out which house you belong to. If not, well you can do it right here.  Go ahead, I’ll wait. 

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Done? Great, now that you know your house, let’s continue.

Each house at Hogwarts has a different set of traits that everyone in that specific house values over everything else. These values define the kind of person you are on the inside, even if you appear to be something else on the outside. For example, Neville is very loyal and hardworking which are traits of a Hufflepuff, however, what he values is bravery so he is sorted into Gryffindor. One person can have traits that describe all four houses but it is what the person values most that ultimately places them in their proper house.

That being said, I decided it would be interesting to recommend books based on what your Hogwarts house is. A way for everyone to see themselves in a main character of a YA novel. Let’s get into it!

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Values: bravery, daring, nerve and chivalry.
Animal: lion
Element: fire
Motto: “Do what is right.”
Quote: 
“Where dwell the brave at heart,
their daring, nerve and chivalry set Gryffindors apart.”

 

Books:

These books are fast-paced, intense, action-packed adventures with main characters who are always looking to be the hero of their story. Red Queen is a high fantasy world with a dystopian arc/revolution. Percy Jackson is a middle-grade mythology story with the main character finding out he’s the son of Poseidon. Lastly, The Winner’s Curse reads like an urban fantasy which takes place in the middle of a war. Members of Gryffindor are sure to find their next favourite book in one of these. 

Ravenclaw crest

 

Values: intelligence, knowledge, wit
and creativity
Animal: eagle
Element: air
Motto: “Do what is wise.”
Quote: “Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.”

Books: 

I am a little biased to Ravenclaws because I am one so maybe these are just my favourites? Lucky in Love is a cute contemporary that follows a quirky girl who is super smart and determined to make her way to university. Rebel Belle is a superheroine tale where our main character is at the top of her school but one day discovers she’s meant to save the world. Finally, Illuminae is a science fiction novel written in an innovative format following a super genius technology nerd. Ravenclaws are sure to relate. 

Hufflepuff crest

 

Values: hard work, dedication, patience and loyalty
Animal: badger
Element: earth
Motto: 
“Do what is nice.”
Quote: “You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil.”

 

Books: 

These books are very different from each other but they each demonstrate an important aspect of Hufflepuff. Truthwitch is a high fantasy that follows two best friends who are so incredibly loyal to each other it’s almost a bad thing. The Raven Boys is an eerie, paranormal read with a group of boys and one girl looking for “treasure”. Gansey is the most Hufflepuff of them all, so loyal to his search and patience in the years it takes him to get there. Last but not least, A Book of Spirits and Thieves is an urban fantasy/high fantasy novel following two sisters who are doing everything in their power to find their way back to each other. Stand back because these Hufflepuffs are badass. 

Slytherin Crest

 

Values: cunning, pride, resourcefulness, ambition
Animal: serpent
Element: water
Motto: “Do what is necessary.”
Quote: “Or perhaps in Slytherin,
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means,
To achieve their ends.”

 

Books: 

These books are so captivating and I love that they feature some great Slytherin characters that are NOT evil! Alive is a science fiction young adult novel following a group of teenagers who wake up without any knowledge of who they are. Em is relentless and becomes a natural leader for the group, always doing what is necessary to survive. Falling Kingdoms is a high fantasy which includes an overly ambitious prince with excess pride. Finally, Rook is a post-apocalyptic story which kind of reads like an urban fantasy portraying a character who is conniving and scheming, making you always second guess his intentions.  Slytherins are sure to get a bite out of these.

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And that’s all I have for this week! Let me know in the comments if you agree with my choices or if you have recommendations of your own for the Hogwarts houses! I would love to know your thoughts. (Remember, these books and their characters may have aspects of all four houses, this is entirely my own opinion)

Thanks for reading and until next week, keep reading bookies!

Sincerely,

B ❤

P.S. Oh, and if you haven’t read Harry Potter yet… what are you waiting for!?